Microchip Giant Intel Teams with Accelerated Schools Project to Offer Technology Training to 3,600 K-12 Teachers. (Technology Update)

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Microchip Giant Intel Teams with Accelerated Schools Project to Offer Technology Training to 3,600 K-12 Teachers. (Technology Update)


Branch, Al, Curriculum Administrator


Earmarking millions of dollars toward the effort, and with a huge donation of software from Microsoft, Intel recently launched a teacher training initiative with the Accelerated Schools Project. More than 3,600 K-12 teachers will receive free technology training. The training will take place at the 700-plus ASP network of schools in 41 states throughout the country.

The move comes at a time when many schools are struggling with implementing new machines and software into everyday instruction. A lot of the problem has come down to money: Schools spend thousands on the new hardware, but underestimate their training needs, which results in lots of fancy equipment laying around classrooms unused.

Peter Appert, who analyzes the education market for the investment bank Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, says it is because of this disparity that the promise of educational technology has not yet been realized.

"It [the promise] hasn't really been delivered or fulfilled, partly because there have been a lot of companies that have not made truly solid educational products, but also because there has not been enough resources put toward good training," Appert told CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR.

Intel is looking to change that. Before the collaboration with ASP, in a little more than a year, Intel had established 14 training sites in the U.S. on its own through the company's Teach to the Future program. Worldwide, Intel hopes to train more than 400,000 teachers during the next two years in how to use technology in their classrooms. …

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